Futures have consolidated to 3850, which implies an SPX open near the JPM collar call strike of 3835. We see resistance today at 3850, 3868, then 3900. Support shows at 3800, then 3765 (SPY Put Wall).
As we detailed in yesterdays AM note, there are likely some large JPM Collar related flows, and possible some other large year end flows entering markets today. Further compounding this is holiday liquidity. For these reasons we believe the 3835 area pin is now effectively gone, and we look for a move away from that strike today. Again, we recommend reviewing yesterdays AM post for our thoughts on trade today.
As we look past the noise of this session, January should start with quite a bit more movement. Even if there is some relative weakness today, it remains that there is little to not demand for downside protection. Nearly every IV metric available syncs with this idea, including the numerous metrics plotted below.
Further, as discussed in yesterdays Q&A, there doesn’t appear to me incremental put demand in names that are being sold off (ex: TSLA, AAPL, AMZN). Shown below is our EquityHub snapshot for AAPL, which hit YTD lows of $126 on Wednesday. Despite this weakness, there is very little put positioning at strikes under $126, which is indicated by the blue bars.
The point here is that options traders aren’t betting on more downside, which lines up with the “sleepy” IV metrics posted above.
The data above adds to our view that January may see a rather strong equity rally, in line with what we have discussed recently (here & here). Note that 1/23 OPEX is the key event going ahead.
As January is a put-heavy OPEX, any downside start to January could energize those puts, and serve to press markets lower. This could lead to higher IV, and a reflexive selling loop to the downside. We’d then look for a rally after OPEX, as those puts expire.
Conversely, should January start off with strength, those puts could help to fuel a rally as their values collapse leading to an early, material stock rally. OPEX could then trigger a reversal of that market strength. We currently assign edge to this scenario.
Trade the first week of January should help shed light on the timing of the rally (i.e. pre-OPEX or post-OPEX).
|SpotGamma Proprietary SPX Levels||Latest Data||SPX Previous||SPY||NDX||QQQ|
|SG Implied 1-Day Move::||1.26%,||(±pts): 48.0||VIX 1 Day Impl. Move:1.35%|
|SG Implied 5-Day Move:||3.07%||3844 (Monday Ref Price)||Range: 3726.0 | 3962.0|
|SpotGamma Gamma Index™:||-0.11||-1.26||-0.27||0.02||-0.08|
|SpotGamma Absolute Gamma Strike:||4000||4000||380||11275||265|
|Call Wall :||3835||3835||390||11275||274|
|Additional Key Levels||Latest Data||Previous||SPY||NDX||QQQ|
|Zero Gamma Level:||3909||3883||391.0||10624.0||299|
|CP Gam Tilt:||0.97||0.92||0.61||1.25||0.68|
|Delta Neutral Px:||3933|
|25D Risk Reversal||-0.04||-0.04||-0.03||-0.05||-0.04|
|Call Open Interest||5,528,161||5,609,516||6,941,156||57,163||5,041,764|
|Put Open Interest||10,027,726||9,774,163||12,493,086||51,470||5,991,004|
|Key Support & Resistance Strikes:|
|SPX: [4000, 3900, 3850, 3835]|
|SPY: [385, 382, 380, 375]|
|QQQ: [280, 270, 265, 260]|
|NDX:[12000, 11500, 11275, 11000]|
|SPX Combo (strike, %ile): [(3999.0, 82.48), (3926.0, 78.85), (3876.0, 74.53), (3868.0, 84.33), (3833.0, 99.53), (3826.0, 80.29), (3814.0, 92.82), (3799.0, 96.18), (3776.0, 85.83), (3764.0, 86.45), (3749.0, 93.54), (3714.0, 75.87), (3699.0, 94.89)]|
|SPY Combo: [381.91, 378.46, 368.49, 373.47, 379.99]|
|NDX Combo: [11280.0, 10688.0, 10896.0, 10852.0, 10480.0]|